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Job Title:  Civil Engineer
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Job Announcement Number:  FERC-MP-2014-0041

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$72,620.00 to $127,187.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 to Monday, April 07, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
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Portland, OR View Map
Applications will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities.


About the Agency

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates for exciting full-time permanent positions within the Division of Dam Safety and Inspections of the Office of Energy Projects. The positions are located in the Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Portland, and San Francisco Regional Offices. The incumbent will work as a civil engineer and must be knowledgeable in the investigation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric power facilites, applying one or more of the following disciplines of civil engineering to the investigation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric power facilities: structural, hydrologic, geotechnical and/or engineering geology. Assignments may require substantial travel and can involve hiking in mountainous terrain, climbing steeply inclined faces of dams, and descending into dam galleries, penstocks, and tunnels. The ability to communicate effectively with others is also important.  Duties and responsibilities at the GS-12 level may be of less complexity.

These positions are included in the bargaining unit.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement, and the office for that selection may vary.
Please note - only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.


  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel required.


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must meet specialized experience
  • Must provide most recent SF-50 containing grade/step information
  • Must submit transcripts at time of application (unofficial are accepted)
  • Travel required; probationary period may be required.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.


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The incumbents of these positions will perform the following duties:

-  Inspection, engineering evaluation and analyses of hydroelectric projects including dams to ensure the safety of the projects.

-  Inspection, engineering evaluation and analyses of hydroelectric projects to ensure compliance with the terms of the license, the provisions of the Federal Power Act, and the Commission's regulations.

-  Prepare engineering reports to establish and document the dam safety, public safety and environmental and license compliance of the hydroelectric project.


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In addition to the educational requirements, candidates for the GS-12 level must  have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level.  Candidates for the GS-13 level must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level.

Specialized experience is defined asExperience in applying one or more of the following disciplines of civil engineering to the investigation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric power facilities:  structural, hydrologic, hydraulic, geotechnical, and engineering geology.
**Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy.

All candidates must meet the Educational Requirement for Engineers.

The Educational Requirement for Engineers can be found at the following link:

All educational requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.



Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. All required documents must be received by the closing of this announcement. For this vacancy you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 showing your current grade level. If you do not submit a required document, (e.g. most recent SF-50, transcripts, etc) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. FERC employees must submit all the required documentation to include the SF-50 and transcripts. 


We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. Your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The ideal candidate will possess the following: 
1.  Demonstrated knowledge of geotechnical, structural, hydrologic, hydraulic, seismic, risk assessment, risk informed decision making and other civil engineering disciplines involved in the dam safety design, inspection, remediation, construction, and operation of hydropower projects.

2.Demonstrated skills in analyzing dam safety engineering and compliance matters related to the design, construction, inspection, remediation, operation and environmental impacts of hydroelectric projects.

3.  Demonstrated ability to prepare and present clear, concise and well-organized engineering reports, both orally and in writing.
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You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your resume will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.
Please click on the following link for detailed instructions on how to apply: How To Apply.
Tips For Applying For example, if the specialized experience requires presenting information to a large audience, your resume might include speeches or presentations you've given.
* Verify your resume clearly indicates possession of the competencies and required specialized experience listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement.
* Submit all requested documentation; e.g. SF-50, performance appraisal, transcripts prior to the close of the announcement.


Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible). CURRENT FERC EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment Submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".) If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit an SF-50 showing that. Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, you must submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade in order to receive credit. (FERC EMPLOYEES ARE ALSO REQUIRED to submit any SF-50 which documents the experience with another organization other than FERC). CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here. SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility. VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at


Nancy Bryant
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Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You can check the status of your application by logging into your My USAJobs account. You may be notified up to four points in the application process. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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